The Right Place is West Michigan’s leading economic development organization and has assisted thousands of West Michigan companies to invest more than $4.7 billion and 44,000 new jobs throughout the region. Every day, the team meets with current and prospective companies, connecting them to the resources they need to grow in the Grand Rapids region. The Right Place drives regional Economic Development initiatives to stimulate economic growth, wealth creation, and operational excellence by focusing on productivity, innovation, and the retention, expansion, and creation of quality employment and companies. Staffed by a skilled team of economic development and business professionals, The Right Place concentrates on leading West Michigan business development efforts, identifying and developing emerging growth opportunities, and strengthening the global competitiveness and innovation of existing regional manufacturers The Right Place business programs include:

  • The Business Development Team – strengthens connections between area business leaders, government agencies, educational and financial institution, and other community stakeholders for business growth.
  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West – provides affordable, flexible training and educational services in the areas of LEAN, market diversification and supply chain integration to improve the quality, efficiency, sustainability, and profitability of small to mid-size manufacturers and increase their global competitiveness.
  • Hello West Michigan – Joining The Right Place in January 2016, Hello West Michigan is a nationally recognized organization tasked with addressing the talent shortage and the common challenges associated with the relocation process. This is done by promoting/marketing West Michigan as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work.

The DTE Energy Foundation’s support is used to enhance the general operations of The Right Place, allowing the organization to continue its support of talent attraction, specifically in the skilled trades and science, technology, engineering and math. The additional support allows The Right Place to continue to meet the increasing demand for its services. By streamlining the network of economic development support to businesses throughout West Michigan, The Right Place will increase capacity for its national and international business attraction efforts and leverage the assets of the entire region toward building more jobs, investment and growth.   Photo source: www.rightplace.org